Monday, 8 December 2014

Cambridge students go behind the scenes

Students from the National Trust Society for Cambridge Students joined us in the house to find out more about the conservation work that goes on. Over the winter, the house closes to visitors, with the exception of conservation tours, so that each room can be cleaned and important conservation work can go on. 

This year, the Newmarket Corridor is getting a well-earned facelift, including re-plastering, painting and new textiles, while all the books in the library are getting cleaned. This is some task considering there are over 6,000 books in Lord Fairhaven's collection!

Delicate work!
The students got to see this work in action, then, after a spot of lunch, got to get stuck into some work themselves. They helped with cataloguing various items from the Domestic Wing which will be used in the property’s reminiscence loan boxes. These boxes will be loaned out to local carehomes and groups, acting as reminders of the past.

Any of these look familiar?

Rachel photographed each item while Felicia and Alice logged each with a description.
The group also tackled the task of cleaning the fireguard. The dirt was gone and replaced by a rather strong smell of autosol!! 

Rachel photographing a map from the 1960s

Felicia and Alice keeping a record of each item in the loan boxes

In just a few hours the team had achieved masses. What a perfect example of micro-volunteering in action. Thanks National Trust Society – you have been a great help. Hope to see a lot of you again soon!

Sophie Atkinson
Family Volunteering Project Co-ordinator and Community Engagement Assistant
Anglesey Abbey

Photography © Kate Boursnell

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